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The Eastern Tent Caterpillar is a defoliator. The larvae initiate small webs in branch crotches as soon as eggs hatch. As the larvae feed on the foliage, they continually increase the size of the web until it is a large nest or tent, a foot or more in length. Most larvae crawl back to the tent at night, but forage out to feed during the day, defoliating increasingly larger portions of the branches and tree.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
November 18, 2014